Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Mike Hanley
April 29, 2008
Vehicle Overview Mazda's RX-8 receives minor exterior and interior updates for 2009, and the rotary-powered sports car can now be equipped with a new R3 sport package. Competitors include the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Nissan 350Z.
Exterior On the whole, the updated RX-8 looks much the same as before. It still has a longish hood, pronounced fender flares, and a cabin that has small, rear-hinged back doors to make it easier to get in the backseat.
Changes underneath the RX-8's skin include a revised rear suspension and stiffer driveshaft. The car's exhaust tips are larger for 2009, too.
The R3 sport package adds a sport suspension, a rear spoiler, side sills, a new front bumper and 19-inch aluminum wheels shod with high-performance tires.
Interior The RX-8's cabin has room for up to four people. There are bucket seats in front and back, and a full-length center console runs the length of the cabin between both rows of seats. Those seats are redesigned for 2009, according to Mazda, and the sports car also gets a new steering wheel and a tachometer with a variable redline that moves based on engine temperature.
With the R3 sport package, the RX-8 gains a Bose audio system, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, Recaro front bucket seats and keyless start.
Under the Hood The RX-8's 1.3-liter rotary engine produces 232 horsepower when teamed with the six-speed manual transmission, but its output drops to 212 hp when paired with the optional six-speed automatic. The automatic includes shift paddles on the steering wheel for driver-initiated gear changes.
Safety Antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags are standard. An electronic stability system is optional.